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find the net

In sports that use netted goals (e.g., soccer, hurling, hockey, etc.) or hoops (e.g., basketball), to score a goal or point by sending the ball or puck into the net. Their offense played brilliantly today, but they just weren't able to find the net often enough to secure a win.
See also: find, net

all is fish that comes to his net

A phrase that describes one's ability to make use of anything available. I don't know how Chris fixed his car with the few tools he had with him at the time, but he's so smart like that—all is fish that comes to his net.
See also: all, come, fish, net, that

cast (one's) net wide

To consider a variety of options. I always encourage my students to cast their nets wide when contemplating potential careers.
See also: cast, net, wide

cast (one's) net wider

To broaden one's search or criteria for something, thus giving oneself more options. A: "I don't know why John has only applied to Ivy League schools when he only has average grades." B: "I know, I've told him to cast his net wider."
See also: cast, net, wider

a safety net

Something that someone has in case of potential problems, often financial ones. With the unpredictability of freelance work, I always make sure I have money in my savings account as a safety net.
See also: net, safety

slip through the net

To go unnoticed or undealt with; to be unintentionally neglected or ignored, especially in a corporate, political, or social system. With other issues like drug addiction and unemployment taking priority for the government, the welfare of children in the foster system very often slips through the net. We were all so busy drawing up the contracts for this new deal that the appreciation dinner we'd promised to our interns simply slipped through the net.
See also: net, slip, through

surf the Net

to browse around in the contents of the Internet. I spend an hour a day or more surfing the Net.
See also: net, surf

cast your net wider

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cast the net wider

COMMON If you cast your net wider or cast the net wider, you include a larger number of people or things, especially when considering or choosing someone or something. The easiest way to find members is through friends of friends but if you want to cast the net wider, put an ad in your local bookshop. We will cast the net wider to look at other factors too. Note: You can also say that you cast your net wide, meaning that you include a large number of people or things. Clarke, as director of training, decided to cast the net wide in the search for the best candidates. England's selectors have been careful to cast their net wide to prepare for the World Cup. Note: The verb spread is sometimes used instead of cast. Ferguson advised him to spread the net wide in his search for players. Police had searched the local area and found nothing so they were spreading their net wider.
See also: cast, net, wider

slip through the net

BRITISH
COMMON
1. If someone or something slips through the net, they are not helped or noticed by the people or system that should protect or deal with them. Somehow, these children have managed to slip through the net of health service providers. Faulty tests may mean infected animals are slipping through the net. Despite being the female lead in the most successful film of 1989, Kensit seemed to slip through the net of casting directors. Note: You can also say fall through the net with the same meaning. Doctors are concerned that patients will fall through the net under the new system.
2. If someone who is behaving illegally slips through the net, they avoid being noticed and caught by the system that is meant to catch them. Police admit that under the new system, the killer would probably still have slipped through the net.
3. If illegal goods slip through the net, they are not found by the system which is meant to discover them. A shipment of 44 kilos of cocaine slipped through the customs net at Gatwick. Note: The usual American expression is fall through the cracks.
See also: net, slip, through

net result

n. the final result after all the assets and liabilities have balanced out. I don’t care about the little things. What is the net result?
See also: net, result

surf the net

tv. to browse through the offerings of the internet. He surfs the net for three hours each evening.
See also: net, surf
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Baited hoop nets may be used to take spiny lobsters and all species of crabs.
Not more than five baited hoop nets may be fished by a person to take spiny lobster and crab, not to exceed a total of 10-baited hoop nets from any vessel.
Morton lowered a baited hoop net into the heaving ocean.
When you make a constant pull, water pressure keeps the lobsters in the bottom of net,'' said Hong.
California Department of Fish and Game hoop net regulations:
There, one Tim Berners-Lee devised a tool called a browser, which, along with the new programming language called HTML (Hyper-text Markup Language) upon which it rested, changed the rules of the Net forever.
For one thing, so many different technologies are involved in the various aspects and capabilities of the Net - the Web is only one of them - that it's a mistake to think of the Net as a single technology.
Its immersive nature - we spend our time in the Net's resources as well as moving our information on the Net - makes it more of an environment than any previous medium.
Employees should be asked to come up with new ways to do business that take advantage of the Net and the opportunities it offers.
While one would probably not go so far as some New Age-y commentators who refer to the Net as a living organism, it's not necessarily a mistake to couch our Internet-related thinking in organic terms.
The impact of the Net flows throughout an enterprise," Doyle says.
Net-Age CEOs need not get all touchy-feely about the Net - their tech employees are doing that for them.
People," John Perry Barlow points out, "will bring to your company's Web site [or extranet] a set of expectations of how the world works on the Net.
Anything that can be clone to render Net communication and transaction invisible works to the benefit of the Net relationship - and your company.
The Net is a metamorphic force, rapidly changing and rapidly accelerating change.